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Angola's long-time president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos. has confirmed he will step down before August's poll and announced his likely successor. He told a meeting of the governing MPLA party that Joao Lourenco, the defense minister, would be the party's presidential candidate.
Former United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon has decided not to run in an election expected later this year to replace President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in December over a corruption scandal. Ban returned to South Korea last month, calling for political reform, but said Wednesday that he had been "very disappointed by some politicians' obsolete and narrow-minded" views.
For his first foreign trip as Donald Trump’s defense secretary, the former Marine general, James Mattis, will head to Asia, where he’s expected to reaffirm commitments to key U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan.
Members of the European Union gathered in Malta on Friday to discuss migration issues, including efforts to curb human trafficking across the Mediterranean and to coordinate humanitarian relief for refugees.
A French soldier shot a man holding a large knife outside a Paris museum on Friday leaving him seriously wounded. The suspect allegedly lunged at officers shouting “god is great”.
The Trump administration warned Israel to end a burst of construction of settlement housing in Palestinian territories, saying it "may not be helpful" in achieving Middle East peace.
Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for residents of Saudi Arabia after its cabinet approved a value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf because of the oil slump. Saudis had long enjoyed a tax-free and subsidized existence but the collapse in crude prices in the last few years sparked cutbacks.
Iran said it will bar the U.S. wrestling team from a major international event this month in response to President Trump’s Muslim ban which includes Iranian citizens. The Freestyle World Cup is scheduled for Feb. 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran. Last year, the event was in Los Angeles, and slated to be held in Iowa City next year.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Colorado, to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant when conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died last February. Gorsuch, at 49, is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25 years. Democrats are weighing strategies for opposing the nomination of Gorsuch.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is said to be taking a low key approach to dealing with President Trump to avoid clashes. The cautious strategy could anger progressives whose support helped bring Trudeau to power in 2015, Reuters reported, but say he has no choice for now because Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the U.S. and could suffer if targeted by Trump.
Diplomatic relations between Australia and the U.S. could be fraying after a contentious phone call.
The Mexican government said it was beginning a 90-day consultation with the country’s private and public sector to review NAFTA amid talks of President Trump wanting to scrap the free trade agreement.
Telenovela fans! The life of Hugo Chávez, who mesmerized Venezuela’s impoverished masses before dying of cancer in 2013, premiered this week and already generating backlash. The 60-episode series wants to retell the leftist leader’s rise to power from his roots in poor, rural Venezuela while showing how the former tank commander’s authoritarianism laid the groundwork for the country’s current economic mess.